It was a little smokey, but the sun came out, volunteers from the Rotary Club did the cooking and residents of the Continuing Care ward at the Drumheller Regional Health Centre and their families enjoyed a barbeque on Thursday, August 23.
"We strongly believe that everybody here still has a life to live and we want to make it the best life it can possibly be," stated recreational therapist Kim Larsen. "That's what we strive for every single day is to make life meaningful for these people."
Thursday's event was held in the hospital's outdoor courtyard, which was resplendent with fresh flowers, which were purchased by the Rotary Club.
"They were here taking pictures of the flowers because they had donated the money," explained recreational therapist Lisa Orton. "They came and took a picture of the courtyard and we got talking about the barbeque and they said they'd be happy to help."
Continuing Care residents were treated to barbequed hamburgers and side salads, with ice cream for dessert. Entertainment was provided by a sisters Jaala and Cyra Stolz of Rosebud and Calgary, respectively.
"We used to do this years ago at the old hospital and then it went by the wayside," recalled Rotarian Jim Fisher. "It was suggested by one of the staff members here at the hospital that maybe Rotary would like to get involved and we jumped at the opportunity."
The Continuing Care family barbeque is run every other year, alternating with a family Christmas party that will be held in 2019.